Teacher Trainees across the country represented by the Teacher Trainees Association of Ghana (TTAG) have threatened to embark on a mammoth nationwide demonstration anytime soon should government continue to remain adamant in addressing their grievances.
TTAG issued the threat in a press statement jointly signed by its National President and General Secretary, Osei Kofi Daniel and Abubakari Abdul Moomim, respectively and copied to the DAILY GUIDE yesterday in Accra.
The aggrieved association indicated its resolve to organize an extraordinary congress which would involve the various SRC Presidents of all member institutions to consider options for pressing forward its demands.
It added that ‘of course, the options also include legal redress and the staging of a mammoth nationwide demonstration that would shake the very foundation of our nation and government.’
It would be recalled that on May 18 this year, members of TTAG embarked on a nationwide strike in their quest to among other things, ‘draw the attention of government and stakeholders on the adverse effects of the unpopular scrapping of teacher trainees’ allowance and request for its immediate reinstatement.’
The strike action was also aimed at calling on ‘government to as a matter of urgency, come clear on issues relating to the posting of the current level 200 teacher trainees and subsequent batches in view of media reports of possible job insecurity in the immanence.’
However, the Association observed that its leadership decided to rescind the strike action within its first four days following ‘several appeals and positive assurances from various stakeholders.’
However, TTAG lamented that government has and continue to remain reluctant in fulfilling its promises to the teacher trainees, hence the announcement of another strike action.
‘It said ‘in fact, they continue to dribble us as if we are kids. We think that government in this matter has only but demonstrated bad faith and also betrayed our trust and confidence.’
Meanwhile, the leadership of the association has dismissed allegations that it had been compromised by government officials, hence its failure to further press government to meet the needs of its members.
BY Melvin Tarlue
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